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Clinton urged to ensure US aid to Pak doesn't go 'wrong' way

world Updated: Jul 12, 2009 11:53 IST

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Ahead of her visit to India, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been urged by the Indian-American community to ensure that the huge financial assistance being given to Pakistan does not go "in the wrong direction".

Clinton, who is expected to be in New Delhi on July 20 and 21, should tell Pakistan that the US aid be used only for fighting terrorism and for development of people, the community said.

Sant Chatwal, Chairman of the Indian-Americans for Democrats, said in Washington that India was best positioned to advise the Obama administration on its policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A close friend of Clintons, Chatwal said the Secretary of State is looking forward to great help and support from India during her visit, first after assuming office in January.

"Given the problems that are going in Afghanistan and Pakistan, nobody can advise her better than India. India knows exactly what would be the best thing to do," he said.

"We would like her to make sure that the money which is being given to Pakistan should go into the right direction and not the wrong way. I know that the State Department is very keen the US aid goes only for development of people and to fight against terrorism," he said.

Chatwal said the Indian-American community would want Clinton to make sure that Pakistan takes steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

"This is something very important," he said.

"All terrorists and individuals, who have been responsible for terrorist activities in India, should be brought to justice. So far we do not see that is the case over there. It is America, which can put pressure on them," he added.